Monday, October 24, 2016
Nightly Frights: The Trick
The infamous Evangelical cartoonist Jack T. Chick recently passed away, so I decided now more than ever would be an opportune time to share his work.
As easy as it is to harp on his comics (and there are plenty of YouTube channels that make a living doing just that), I really do have a soft spot for them. I always loved reading these comics as a kid, and even to this day I appreciate the creepy art style. It’s almost like one of those 1950s horror comics.
But while I don’t really have a problem with a tracts that evangelize the Gospel, the ones that carry a socio-political messages tend to be quite iffy, even when enjoying them ironically. These comics are infamous for riding many a fear train, the most infamous being the role-playing hysteria.
This comic plays off of another unfounded fear: poison Halloween candy. Contrary to popular fearmongering, Halloween candy barely contains any razor blades or tainted syringes or anything else that isn’t caramel nougat. However, according to Jack Chick, not only is Halloween candy full of metal, it’s been cursed by witches in order to sacrifice your children to Satan.
I’m not making that up. And unfortunately, it seems like I'm unable to actually share the comic's images here on this blog, so you'll have to go to the actual page to view it.